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Life |Sony/Epic, 2001|

1. Take Your Best Shot, 02. Now Or Never, 03. Nothing (Why), 04. Stop, 05. Thanks For Nothing, 06. Die MF Die, 07. What About, 08. Move It, 09. Jenny's Cryin', 10. With Or Without You, 11. Crazy, 12. Slipping Away, 13. March Of Hope, 14. You're Full Of Shit


Life: This album seems to be kept in a "tribute" format, or as if Dope wanted to say "We can play that stuff too". This album is full of compromises as if the band made it for quick money (Read: To grab an interest of certain receivers – fans of other bands who are still eager to spend money in the name of supporting their idols and possibly similar music too).

Metallica didn't release any new albums between 1997 and 2003 so Dope decided to fill the gap with their own versions of similar tunes with songs like "Crazy" and "Slipping Away". Then the band proved how easy it was to copy Rob Zombie in "Move It", "March of Hope" and "You're Full Of Shit", with the same guitar riffs, song structures, choruses, sampling and effects on vocals including the same "yeah" put in typical predictable form for Zombie song parts.
I'm wondering whether it was a casual convergence of the titles "Jenny's Cryin" and "Jamie’s Crying" by Van Halen or "With Or Without You", the classic song by U2. Other than that, I'm not surprised by the tuning on "Now Or Never" in the way Limp Bizkit used to sound, since there was Josh Abraham (Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, Orgy, Deadsy) involved in the album production stages of Life.
You may find other borrowed influences and comparisons to other rock or metal bands while listening to Life, but as I pointed out, only the songs I just listed were the ones I was sure about since the last time I heard the original songs.

"Life" doesn't have much original music on it. It could have been easily filled with cover versions of the songs which fans Dope probably wanted to steal from their own music collection. Dope is however experienced with covering songs since there's usually one or more on every one of their albums.
This is a weak album, to be omitted with no regrets while checking into the Dope discography.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, 07/22/2010. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

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